Food photography is one of the most difficult types of photography. By looking at a good food image, viewers easily visualize how the food would taste; they taste with their eyes. Due to the short amount of working time before the food is no longer visually appealing, everything must be set-up beforehand to maximize the shooting time.
*DSLR mounted on a tripod and pointing down at about a 45 degree angle to the food.
*DSLR set to Aperture Priority (Av).
*Aperture set to f4.
*Shutter release set to Self-timer
*White balance set to match the light (Daylight, Cloudy or Incandescent).
You can also experiment using some props, such as a tablecloth, and silverware. With a small depth-of-field, the viewer’s eyes will go to the food which is in focus and will not be distracted by the blurred background.
With props already in place, your DSLR mounted on a tripod and your camera set to the bullets above, make up a simple dish.
A garden salad made out of lettuce, radishes, celery and onions topped with either a cut-up grilled chicken breast or canned tuna works well because of its long working time.
Photographing the salad from different angles and viewpoints using natural light or ceiling lights. If the natural light is strong and highly directional, diffuse it with a piece of white sheer material, such as a curtain or a piece of rip-stop nylon.
By Ron Kness
These tips and more can be learned in any Indy Photo Coach class or lesson.
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